Two fifth-grad boys out of Washington State are accused in a foiled plot to rape and kill a girl and kill or harm six other classmates. Reuters reported on Saturday, March 30, 2013, that they will stand trial as juveniles.
Stevens County Prosecutor Tim Rasmussen said the 10 and 11-year-old boys pleaded not guilty during their arraignment on Friday, March 29, 2013, over the alleged murder-rape plot. The plan also targeted children in Colville, Washington which is about 200 miles east of Seattle.
One of the boys supposedly said that he wanted the girl dead because “she’s rude and always made fun of me and my friends,” according to court documents.
“There are very few prosecutions of a crime of this magnitude with boys of this age,” Rasmussen told Reuters.
Per Stevens County Superior Court Judge Allen Nielson, the boys had the capacity to understand right and wrong. Under Washington state law, children ages 8 to 12 are presumed to not have the mental capacity to form an intention to commit a crime. Typically, juvenile court is reserved for defendants that are between the ages of 12 and 18.
The younger of the two boys took a gun that originally belonged to his grandfather from his older brother’s room. The 11-year-old boy was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, possession og a dangerous weapon (knife) at school, and tampering with a witness.
The boys had come up with a plan to lure the girl away from school in Colville. A teacher later found a list of six more targeted classmates, prosecutors said.
The fifth-grade boys boarded a bus on Feb. 7, 2013, with a semi-automatic pistol, a knife, and ammunition in their backpack en route to Fort Colville Elementary School. A fourth-grade child on the bus saw the knife and reported it to a teacher’s aide.
One of the suspects later said that he would kill the student who told officials about the weapon.
Should the boys be convicted of all charges, they could each be sentenced to 103 to 127 weeks unless a judge finds “manifest injustice” and orders a longer sentence. A status hearing is set for Apr. 8, 2013.
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